Behold how good a thing - And as the pleasant morning dew (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2004-09-09)  CPDL #07821:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-09-09).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 143 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Sept 2021 (error corrected, minor formatting).

General Information

Title: Behold how good a thing
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTBB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Songs of sundrie natures, no. 38–39 (40–41 in 1610 edition)

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Original text and translations

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First part
Behold how good a thing it is,
for bretheren to agree,
when men amongst them do no stryfe,
but peace and concord see,
full lyke unto the pretious balme,
from Arons head that fell,
and did descend uppon his beard,
his garment skirts untyll.

Second Part
And as the pleasant morning dew,
the Mountaines doth releeve:
so God will blesse, where concord is,
and lyfe eternall give.